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Today: Saturday 23 May 2009

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The man who arranged for leaked MPs' expenses details to be given to the Telegraph reveals his identity. The UN secretary general is to press Sri Lanka for unrestricted access by aid agencies to civilians caught up in fighting against Tamil Tiger rebels.


The man who revealed what MPs have been getting up to with their expenses has given an interview to the Daily Telegraph. John Wick said he has no regrets about releasing the information. Political correspondent Ross Hawkins and Labour MP John Mann debate whether Mr Wick could be prosecuted over the revelations.


The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is in Sri Lanka to meet the president, following the end of the military conflict with Tamil Tiger rebels. Laura Trevelyan reports on the secretary general's attempts to secure aid for those caught in the conflict.

Today's papers.


Since February, the programme has been following three people who have lost their jobs in the recession. Reporter Sanchia Berg has been back to Swindon to see Alison Hindmarsh, who lost her job at the Woolworths warehouse when the stores closed.


Iran's presidential election campaign is to begin. Correspondent Jon Leyne reports from Teheran on the campaigns of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his main opponent, Mir-Hossein Mousavi.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


The Church of Scotland is to decide whether gay minister Reverend Scott Rennie will be allowed to take up his post following a petition opposing his appointment from evangelical church members. The Reverend Ewen Gilchrist, who has been standing in for Mr Rennie ahead of his appointment, discusses the case with The Reverend David Randall.

The paper review.


In times of financial crisis, where should you put your money for safe keeping? In France, they are putting it into cows. Paris correspondent Emma Jane Kirby reports on the booming industry in cows under contract.

Thought for the day with Canon David Winter.


The Archbishop of Canterbury has spoken about the MPs' expenses row, saying that the "systematic humiliation" of MPs could threaten confidence in democracy. Dr Peter Mandler, a historian of modern culture at Cambridge University, and writer Heather Brooke, who made the original freedom of information request on MPs' expenses, discuss whether the scandal has generated a general collapse of confidence in our institutions.


The Tamil Tiger campaign for a separate Tamil homeland had political support that enabled it to prosecute their campaign for 26 years. Now, the militant group has apparently been defeated by the Sri Lankan army. Sri Lanka correspondent Charles Haviland and Professor Michael Clarke, director of the Royal United Services Institute, discuss whether the insurgency can be ended by military means alone.


Conservative MP Andrew Mackay was jeered and heckled at a public meeting in his Bracknell constituency in Berkshire last night, which he had called to talk about his expense claims. He resigned as an aide to David Cameron after it emerged that he and his wife Julie Kirkbride, MP for Bromsgrove, both claimed second home allowances. Now he says he will stand for reselection. Only constituents and local journalists were allowed inside the meeting, but reporter Zubeida Malik went to Bracknell to get a taste of the event from outside the hall.


The people who caused the death of Baby Peter have been tried and convicted. But the trial was jeopardised because of how it was reported on the internet. Media lawyer Magnus Boyd discusses whether the way the internet is used means we have look again at the laws on contempt of court.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


How much damage is the expenses scandal doing to our political process? The issue is so contentious that it is becoming difficult to find anyone to publicly defend politicians. One Westminster insider, who only gave his thoughts on the condition of anonymity, outlines his beliefs. Sun columnist Trevor Kavanagh and Independent columnist Steve Richards debate whether politicians can regain their lost credibility.

Today's papers.


A car bomb in the Pakistani city of Peshawar has killed six people. The attack came as the army said its operation against militants in the north-west of the country had intensified. Owen Bennet-Jones reports from the Swat Valley on the conflict that is now in its third week.


Fans of the three big premiership clubs in the north-east of England, Middlesborough, Sunderland and Newcastle United, are facing the tragedy of relegation. Professor Geoffrey Beattie, Head of School and Dean of Psychological Sciences at the University of Manchester and Garry Marshall, Manager of Wallsend Boys Club, discuss the psychological impact of relegation.


Music producer Danger Mouse and the film Director David Lynch are releasing an album - the only trouble is you can't buy it. Danger Mouse talked to reporter Nicola Stanbridge about the legal battle that has seen the producer release the album artwork with a blank recordable CD advising fans to use as they will - leading thousands to download the music illegally via the internet.

Has Agatha Christie inspired murder?


The Iranian police have said that they have caught the country's first female serial killer - accused of drugging and suffocating and robbing at least six people - apparently telling the police that she was inspired by the novels of Agatha Christie. Professor John Sutherland, of University College London, discusses the connection between fiction and murder.



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